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During cataract surgery, the natural lens is replaced with a synthetic intraocular lens (IOL). This IOL has power that allows light to focus perfectly on the retina. When the cornea is shaped more like a football than a basketball (which is called astigmatism), light is not perfectly focused on the retina. During cataract surgery, we have the opportunity to correct the astigmatism that may be present in the cornea through either corneal surgery (relaxing incisions) or by using a Toric IOL (corrects for the astigmatism within the IOL). The toric IOL is often the best option, as it is very stable and accurate. Often times, with correction of the astigmatism during cataract surgery, patients may see better than they ever have! Talk to your eye doctor if you have astigmatism and are planning on having cataract surgery.